Dunedin Brewery (Spring Break 2011, Part 6)
Posted by BoaBeerBlog on June 2, 2011
The sixth and final installment of my 2011 Spring Break trip log features “Florida’s Oldest Microbrewery,” Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, Florida.
We decided to take a vacation from our vacation. During Spring Break week we left my parent’s house in Ruskin for an overnight trip to Clearwater Beach, about an hour north. I booked a room at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, overlooking a brilliant white sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico. But we had some time to kill before we could check-in, so we went to a brewery!
We arrived at Dunedin Brewery in downtown Dunedin at 11:00 a.m. We were the first people in the pub and were treated to friendly and attentive service. I ordered the sampler, and I got to select six beers from the dozen that they had on draft. I wanted a broad cross-section of beers to get a real flavor for the brewery, so I stuck to the year-round offerings. My sampler came with:
- Lowlands Wheat Ale (5.6%), an unfiltered American Wheat Ale
- Razzbeery Wheat Ale (5.6%), an American Wheat Ale fermented with all natural Oregon raspberries
- Apricot Wheat Ale (5.6%), an American Wheat Ale fermented with all natural Oregon apricots
- Celtic Gold Ale (5.2%), an organic Golden Ale
- Beach Tale Brown Ale (6.0%), an old-world style Scottish Brown Ale
- Pipers Pale Ale (6.0%), a slightly bitter American Pale Ale
I couldn’t resist trying a couple of the limited release beers and I also tasted:
- Black Rye IPA (8.5%), dark fruit and green hop aroma, spicy flavor
- Highland Games Smoked Porter (6.4%), Scottish-American Porter with Peated Malt
All of the beers were solid, and I decided to bring home a bomber of the just-released Smoked Porter.
The food was delicious too. We were starved even though it was early, so we decided to share a bunch of different appetizers. This was pub grub at its finest — Fried Cheese Curds, Loaded Nachos, Chicken Quesadillas, and Chicken Tenders!
After lunch, we drove down to Clearwater Beach and took a dolphin cruise on Little Toot. We saw a bunch of dolphins swimming around the boat and jumping in our wake. They gave us quite a show – see the pictures in the gallery below.
The dolphin cruise was followed by a few hours at the resort pool with poolside bar service, dinner at Clear Sky Beachside Café, and sunset festivities at Pier 60. The next morning, we spent a few hours on the beach before the end of our vacation from our vacation.
As I close the 2011 Spring Break trip log, I’ll summarize my beer explorations:
- We visited five brewpubs — in Savannah, Sarasota, Tampa, Gulfport, and Dunedin.
- I sampled 40 different beers, almost all brewed in the state of Florida.
The end of Spring Break 2011 came on Easter Sunday, April 24, when we started the 900+ mile journey home to Kensington, MD.